As you all know, I am not Catholic and didn't grow up hearing about Marian traditions. So I am going to be a little undertooled in this area. So
don't think I am saying anything negative about her, I would never do that. But last night I was watching a show about a priest describing several
exorcisms he had seen. I know the Church has rules for these things and always investigate if it really is a possession or some other thing. They do
investigate to rule out psychological or epileptic conditions that may really be the cause. But that's not what this thread is about fully, it is
about what I saw in this episode that led me to what I understand.
I saw as the priest was telling the person to repeat the "Hail Mary" and it was cursing at that. Then I remembered that in the Bible, it talks about
the woman clothed with the sun and the moon under her feet and that she went into the wilderness to give birth, and the dragon was very angry with her
and wanted to kill the child. After seeing this possessed person curse Mary, I wondered why.
I also wondered why Holy Water burns. I don't understand that myself either, but apparently there must be something to it. I just don't know about
But when I sat back and thought "She IS the mother of our Lord" then it only makes sense that those dark forces would not be happy that she gave
birth to Jesus. I can see how this would be a war and she would be targetted. But the Catholic church seems to be the only one remembering her. So I
think it is a shame this has happened to her. I think the most beautiful prayer is the Magnificat. So I want my Protestant brothers and sisters to
read this and tell my why, if it is in your Bible, why don't we honor her as well?
My soul magnifies the Lord And my spirit rejoices in God my Savior; Because He has regarded the lowliness of His handmaid; For behold, henceforth
all generations shall call me blessed; Because He who is mighty has done great things for me, and holy is His name; And His mercy is from generation
to generation on those who fear Him. He has shown might with His arm, He has scattered the proud in the conceit of their heart. He has put down the
mighty from their thrones, and has exalted the lowly. He has filled the hungry with good things, and the rich He has sent away empty. He has given
help to Israel, his servant, mindful of His mercy Even as he spoke to our fathers, to Abraham and to his posterity forever.
I know people will come on this thread and say she never existed, she isn't to be worshiped, you can't pray to her and all that...but even if we
look at what the Bible says about her, where is the honor she is actually due? Why don't my Protestant brothers and sisters not call her blessed,
even though our Bible says we should?
Let me point here to some things so important, first of all, she trusted God above all else and recognized God first. That's the humility she shows.
And this verse she quotes is from Isaiah and we can see in this, how she taught Jesus. Let's not have a fight over whether she was a virgin or not,
whether she had more children or not, that isn't important at this moment. What is important is whether or not we do honor her as the mother our our
Lord. No, Protestants have made her a byword.
I am Protestant, so I can say this. I think it is a shame that we haven't called her blessed and don't really know much about her beyond the
nativity story. Who cares her age? Does that matter in the big picture?
No, she is not salvation, but she was the means by which our salvation came into this world. I understand that now, and if I can recognize her, then
maybe others will too. I would love to believe that when she died and went to heaven, her son hugged her again and said He loves her. Let's not
diminish that relationship, thinking that He would be sooooo god-like that He could not hug His own mother. Let's make her human once again and see
her for what she was, a good mother, chosen to bring salvation into this world. She taught Him in this earthly life to have compassion and mercy.
Shouldn't she even be honored that little bit, even for that?